Summer Reading Challenge 2020
May 26 – July 3rd, 2020
Every year, across all our library branches, we host our Summer Reading Challenge for all ages. This program began as an initiative to help prevent children and teens from falling into the “summer slide” – the period of summer break between school years where they lose the knowledge gained duringget the previous year. Our Challenge is a month-long event that is not only educational, but fun, interactive and full of activity. This way, children keep learning even when they are not at school.
This year, due to the worldwide health situation and the discouragement of large gatherings, we have changed our program from being in-person to being virtual. Our libraries are open for you to come in, register and any activity packets certain events may offer, but all events have been moved to a virtual platfrom. Events will be hosted through Zoom Meeting or pre-recorded to premier on specific days. Materials will also be available online to download and print out from your home.
Here’s how it works!
We are keeping it simple this year, we challenge you children to read for 10 minutes at a time. Read whatever you want! A picture book, Harry Potter, the Captain Crunch cereal box, all that matters is that your child is reading. Simply turn on that timer on your phone and have them read away! (Maybe you read together!)
There are five levels to the challenge, each a total of reading for 200 minutes. After completing each level, your child will receive a raffle ticket to enter the drawing of the prize of their choice. The higher the level, the higher the earned raffle tickets! Each completed level also earns you a mini prize. So:
- Level 1 – 1 raffle ticket & a mini prize
- Level 2 – 2 raflle tickets & a mini prize
- Level 3 – 3 raflle tickets & a mini prize
- Level 4 – 4 raflle tickets & a mini prize
- Level 5 – 5 raffle tickets & a mini prize
Last day to submit your completed level sheets by July 2nd. The Grand Prize winners will be announced July 6th.
Animal Tales – Wild Creatures & Where to Find Them
June 1st – 10.30am & 2.00pm June 2nd – 2.00pm
Imagination Island with Ventriloquist Marc Grifftihs
June 8th – 10.30am
Drawing with Illustrator Michael White
June 15th – 10.30am
Learn to draw from the famous artist and children’s book illustrator Michael White! Michael has illustrated multiple bestselling books such as The Library Dragon and Harriet’s Horrible Hair Day. He also illustrated the Georgia Publc Libraries PINES chidlren’s library card. Michael will be teaching all ages tricks of the trade, color techniques and more. All you need is a paper, pencils and a coloring medium of your choice! This event will be hosted live via Zoom Meetings. Call or check our social media accounts for the access password three days prior to the event.
Sitting Like a Frog
10-Minute Mindfulness Practice with Prof. Rich Curtis
Tuesdays – 2.00pm
Wednesdays – 10.30am
Head over to our YouTube or Facebook for a weekly “How-To” art video with our children’s assisant and artist Bre! She will be showing your children how to paint, sketch and create something beautiful in her short 15 minute tutorials. Share your art with us via social media! We want to see what you create! These videos will be available to view on our both our YouTube and Facebook.
Step into a Story
Virtual Story Times – Thursdays – 10.30am
Log your minutes with Beanstack! Either head over to our Beanstack site or download the application to track your minutes and earn badges!
You have two options. Choice one (or both!) to play!
- Read in 500 page increments to earn raffle tickets for the prize of your choice. Enter the name, author and page count of the book you’ve read on the page count log. Bring your log by for a staff member to sign off on to recieve your raffle tickets. Every 500 pages earns you 2 tickets.
- Challenge Packet. This packet comes with (a) two ‘Stuck in my Castle’ bingo cards, (b) two ‘Once Upon a Time’ tv series crossword puzzles, (c) a family tree template and (d) a graphic novel template.
(a) ‘Stuck in my Castle’ Bingo : Complete any row (horizontal, diagonal or vertical) to earn a raffle ticket per row. Black-out the board and earn 15 raffle tickets.
(b) ‘Once Upon a Time’ crossword : Each completed puzzle earns you a raffle ticket.
(c) Family Tree: Complete your Family Tree as far back as your great-great grandparents to earn 15 raffle tickets.
(d) Graphic Novel template : Design and write your own mini graphic novel! Submit your story to earn 15 raffle tickets.
You are welcome to email any completed challenge activities to Tricia Jones if you are more comfortable completeing the challenge from afar! Send all completed challenge activites to : firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s simple! Grab a Literary Bingo Card and complete the challenges. Create a line (or multiple lines) either vertical, horizontal or diagional to recieve a raffle ticket to the submit to the drawing of your prize of choice. Each line earns one ticket and a black-out earns 15 tickets. Complete are many Bingo cards as you wish for your chance to win! Prizes will be awarded July 6th.